Tuesday, September 06, 2005

100% happy?

There was a picnic downtown last week. It was celebrating the beginning of the semester here at Beloit College in Wisconsin. This is the college I will be spending my next two years in and graduating from.

After I started eating my sandwich (filled with lettuce andpickles) I realized that it was a very nice sunny day. There was live music and everybody was happy and dancing. Afterall, why not be happy, right? WRONG, I found myself sitting there and wondering... at this very moment how are other people around the world. Specifically how are Iraqis living? and Palestinians, what are they thinking about. Can one be 100% happy when there is all this injustice in the world?

I talked to a friend of mine who said "we should celebrate the present and not think about the past"... yes even if the past included an original sin. Lets say, killing Native Americans and taking their land. I gave her that, but argued that even if u want to forget about the past, can u ignore the present?? You are paying taxes to a government who is causing pain to so many. ANd her answer was " As long as I am happy and comfortable I have no reason to think about any1 else". For her that was a very normal thing to say. For me.... it was an explosion. It had never occured to me that some people, after they find out the truth, they would simply not care. They are happy, that is what matters.

In my English class today we read a short story that is really powerful, about a perfect society. However this perfect society has a little child imprisoned in a little room, and this child is what all their happiness depends on. It would make them sad, but eventually they would accept it and realize how lucky they are. The ending presents the reader with two choices: accepting or leaving this "perfect" society. My choice would be.. none of the above. My responsibility would be to help that child. It is the responsibility of every citizen in this society, for that child is the innocent prisoners at Guantanamo, and the innocent Iraqis who are suffering, that child is every Palestinian.

I would recommend this short story to everyone, it really is something that will make you think. I will post the title and author of the story later...

8 Comments:

Blogger vnr406 said...

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3:57 PM  
Blogger Afraah said...

Hi Zaynab ;)
I've been reading ur posts since u started this blog & I'm so proud of ur cuorage and initiative in addressing serious human issues.
Congrats on moving to Beloit College!Inshallah u'll enjoy it even more than L&C..

Yes..We do eat,sleep, work or study, and practice our daily activities without thinking of others. I gusse we all are born with an amount of selfishness.But we are endowed with heart and conscious that should feel for others. A humanknid should be both: Human and kind. Those who live the moment and think only of thier own happiness will regret it
one day,When they're desperately in need and nobody is there to help them (Katreena Hurricane was a lesson for some ppl)
Yet, the fact that there are too much miseries and disasters in this world, shouldn't make us live in grief all the time..We need to be optimistic, to have hope, to smile..coz these positive emotions will lead us to work, to study, to struggel for a better world.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Afraah said...

Hi Zaynab ;)
I've been reading ur posts since u started this blog & I'm so proud of ur cuorage and initiative in addressing serious human issues.
Congrats on moving to Beloit College!Inshallah u'll enjoy it even more than L&C..

Yes..We do eat,sleep, work or study, and practice our daily activities without thinking of others. I gusse we all are born with an amount of selfishness.But we are endowed with heart and conscious that should feel for others. A humanknid should be both: Human and kind. Those who live the moment and think only of thier own happiness will regret it
one day,When they're desperately in need and nobody is there to help them (Katreena Hurricane was a lesson for some ppl)
Yet, the fact that there are too much miseries and disasters in this world, shouldn't make us live in grief all the time..We need to be optimistic, to have hope, to smile..coz these positive emotions will lead us to work, to study, to struggel for a better world.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

Hiya AFraah

Yeah I agree with you. we all need to be happy and enjoy ourselves I have nothing against that. I just think people should care about others and dedicate some of their time to helping others.

Especially if they are contributing to the agony...

I miss you guys and I hope you are all well. :)

2:22 PM  
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2:53 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

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4:25 PM  
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4:25 PM  
Blogger Lamya said...

Hey Zainab, deep as always these posts of yours.
Afrah, Katreen was not a lesson to those who commit uinjustice..the ones who suffered are only black poor people, the little they owned was lost in the hurricane. Those little poeple were there for the floods t swallow..but the big hotshts were on safe ground blaming eachother and not giving a shit...those who died were only numbers to them. it's jjust so sad. America should taje care olf these peoblems befoe attempting to "fix up" the world. what a shame.

P.S. what's with all the spammers!!!

8:26 PM  

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